CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Punta Gorda man is in jail after Charlotte County deputies say he stole airplane parts and sold them as scrap for cash.
The hangar at Shell Creek Airport in Punta Gorda, is filled with old plane parts. Deputies say Joshua Crider took more $6,000 worth and sold them for scrap at a recycling business on Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers.
Frank Moss, the airport's owner, says he gave the 31-year old permission to take "some" of the discarded items off his hands.
But deputies say, Crider took advantage of the offer.
"He was obviously doing some legitimate work, but it went beyond that," said Captain Jim Kemville with Charlotte County criminal investigations.
"He had taken lots more than Frank had told him he could," said Marco Russo, an employee at the hangar.
Russo says a neighbor saw Crider driving off the property with a truck load of parts.
"Evidently he was going to a junk dealer out of town," he said.
Deputies had been on Crider's trail for a while and pulled him over last week at the intersection of US-17 and I-75. Crider said he had permission to sell the parts, but we're told that wasn't the case.
Crider is in the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on no bond. Detectives filed 14 charges against him after linking him to several other theft cases in the area.